Pope Francis wants you and partner to baptize your children—gay couples excluded, it seems.
When Toni Reis, president of LGBTQ activist organization Grupo Dignidad, and his partner David Harrad sent a letter and photos of their three children’s baptism, Vatican Secretariat of State Monsignore Paolo Borgia responded with a congratulatory letter and signed picture of the Pope. Sounds nice, right?
Things went awry when Reis went public with the letter, telling news outlets, “We are extremely pleased to have received this unexpected message and what it means for families with same-sex parents.”
As the news circulated, a source from within the Vatican informed the Catholic News Agency that Borgia’s letter was standard issued copy and that the Pope still frowns upon homosexuality.
“That letter is the standard model of courtesy response that the Vatican sends to all the people who write to the Pope, and therefore was not a letter [that was] expressly thinking about them,” they said. Representatives of the Vatican went onto say that the letter specifically excluded Harrad’s name, which was “further evidence that the Secretary of State was unaware that it was a homosexual couple.”
Did anyone forget about the drug-fueled gay origies happening in the Vatican? We didn't.